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The University of South Carolina Upstate will hosts its inaugural QEP Technology Symposium, entitled “Stepping Up: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Classroom, on May 14-15. The Symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University’s Health Education Complex.

“This conference will provide an opportunity for brainstorming, collaboration, and professional networking as we explore new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into education,” said Dr. Lori Tanner, director of QEP STEP-UP. “Most important, the conference will highlight the role of technology in contributing to student retention and success as we strive for a technology fluent campus.”

The Symposium features two presenters and a host of concurrent sessions relating to technology in the classroom, social media, virtual environments, digital story projects, and much more.

Dr. Burton, professor of history and the director of the Clemson CyberInstitute, will speak on Tuesday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m.  From 2008-2010, he was the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. He was the founding director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois, where he is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and professor of history, African American Studies, and sociology. At the University of Illinois, he chairs the I-CHASS advisory board and is also a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Burton served as interim president of the Board of Directors of the Congressional National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and is currently vice-chair. He has 16 authored or edited books and more than 180 articles.

Dr. Rosalind Sibielski, an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University, will speak on Wednesday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.  Sibielski is the associate editor of the online film and media journal The Projector. Her research encompasses girl culture, teen television and films, and media convergence. She has had essays published in Rhizomes and Feminist Media Studies, as well as book chapters in the anthologies Cyberfeminsim 2.0 and Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader.

Cost for non-USC Upstate faculty and students: $15 for a single day includes breakfast, lunch and snacks; $25 for both days.  There will be a drawing each day for an Apple TV and a mini iPad. Attendees must be present to win. For more information, contact Dr. Lori Tanner at (864) 503-5636 or ltanner@uscupstate.edu. Symposium details and registration are available at http://steppingup.thedigitalcommons.org/registration.  Preview the Symposium’s program here.

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